Y'know, every once in a while, there's a movie or television rumor so stupid and outlandish, it's hard to actually say anything funny about it. For example: Hitfix's Drew McWeeny is reporting that Warner Bros, has banned all jokes from appearing in any upcoming DC superhero films, including the in production Batman v. Superman: The S Stands for Sadness. McWeeny claims that he has heard the mandate at least five times in recent months and theorizes that the studio doesn't want to see any of its DC films flop the way Green Lantern did several years ago.
It's a pretty ridiculous rumor, one that in normal circumstances shouldn't be taken seriously at all. But since this is WB/DC Comics we're talking about, various sites are reporting on the rumor as if it's somewhat credible, mainly because of the popular mindset that WB/DC is Satan personified in movie studio form. And while it's fun to frame DC/WB as the stupidest company in existence (see HasDCDoneSomethingStupidToday.com for proof of that), surely the company can't be so obtuse as to ban all humor from its slate of films due to one movie's poor performance, right?
I think this rumor is especially stupid in light of the rumored Shazam movie, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. You expect me to believe that WB wants to produce a feature length movie about a teenage boy who transforms into a grown man with the power of gods without a single joke or goofy scene, especially when it features an action film star known for his comedic timing?
It's all but impossible to actually confirm the "no joke" mandate's existence, of course, and people will surely use Batman v. Superman's probably way too serious tone and plot as some sort of flimsy proof. But until DC makes an artsy, dark version of Shazam or The Flash, consider me skeptical that this has any credibility. However, this rumor does make this satire article we ran yesterday about Zack Snyder's waterboarding of his actors because they smiled too much even funnier.